BACKGROUND DAX1 (NR0B1), a member of the nuclear receptors super family, has been shown to be involved in the genetic sex determination and in gonadal differentiation in several vertebrate species. In the aquaculture fish European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, and in the generality of fish species, the mechanisms of sex determination and differentiation… (More)
In this review, the different components of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in invertebrates are discussed. This system is implicated in osmoregulation, reproduction, memory processes and immune system regulation. As the elements of this hormone-enzymatic system also exist in invertebrates, it appears that the RAS originated very early in evolution.
Neurons immunoreactive to an antiserum specifically directed against the Prolyl-Leucyl-Glycinamide peptide (PLGamide: Melanocyte Inhibiting Factor: MIF) were detected in the brain of the leech Theromyzon tessulatum. Radioimmunoassay titrations of the PLGamide-like material at different physiological stages of the life cycle indicated a maximal amount at… (More)
This paper presents results of a full scale accelerated test performed on the IFSTTAR pavement fatigue carrousel, to study the effect of various multiple axle combinations on bituminous pavements. The tested combinations correspond to the permissible maximum loads in France for the following axle systems: tridem axle (255 kN), tandem axle with dual wheels… (More)